It seemed like such a simple idea - laser etch a cool design on creme brulee for Valentine's day dessert.  First, we needed to bake the custard at home then off to techshop to use the lasers.

You'll need:

6 large egg yolks (I only had medium eggs and the internet told me 6 yolks is 105 grams, so I used 7 medium egg yolks)
1 quart of cream
1 cup of sugar
a vanilla bean
a pinch of salt
a torch
and a laser cutter

Let's get started

Step 1: Make the Custard

Gather the ingredients.  Preheat your oven to 325*F.  Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, put it along with the cream, half a cup of sugar, and a pinch of salt in a sauce pan and bring it up to a simmer.  Let it steep for 15 minutes then temper the egg yolks in (whisk the yolks adding a little of the hot liquid at a time so you slowly bring the yolks up to temperature without ending up with scrambled eggs). 

Pour the custard into ramekins, then place the ramekins in a baking dish and add enough water to the baking dish until it's the same depth as your custard.  Bake for about 25 minutes, until the custard is just set.  Use a metal spatula to retrieve the ramekins and put them on a wire rack to cool.  Wrap them in plastic wrap and stick them in the fridge overnight.

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